Dominicans will go to the polls on December 6th, Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has announced. In an address to the nation on Sunday night, Skerrit said he met with His Excellency the President and advised that he dissolves the current Parliament of the country effective immediately.
“I have asked that a fresh writ be issued on Monday 7th November 2022 for the holding of general elections in the Commonwealth of Dominica,” he said.
Skerrit said the Dominica Labour Party will reveal its new-look slate of candidates in Mahaut on Tuesday, November 8 th and Nomination Day in Dominica shall be Friday the 18th of November.
“General elections day in Dominica, the day on which the Dominica Labour Party will be seeking a fresh mandate, with a fresh team, is Tuesday 6th December 2022”.
He said Dominica needs a national reset “if we are to fully recover from COVID and put this country back on a trajectory of real and sustainable development over the next 10 to 15 years”.
Skerrit said his party has done its internal analysis, saying that he started first with himself.
“I have been your chief servant for 22 years. I am eternally humbled and very grateful for the opportunity you have given me to serve. I hope that my efforts will be judged fairly and within context.
And on this occasion of National Reset, Skerrit said he listened to the views of all and has made a personal decision, which he has shared with some of his party elders.
“You have given me a mandate that constitutionally allows me to remain in office as your Prime Minister until April 2025. I do not intend to go beyond that date. I have run my race and I intend to finish the course, with Dominica safely back on a road of sustained progress and prosperity. That is why, I am calling for a National Reset,” he added.
Meanwhile, Skerrit said he would like, however, to preside over a peaceful and dignified transition of Prime Ministerial leadership to someone of his party and my colleagues’ choosing.
“We have as a party and a government to prepare for the next five years of covid rebuild and rebound. It will not be easy and will require commitment, dedication, and perseverance. There is a need for a blend of experience, energy, youth, and a positive attitude. This is the desired formula for carrying Dominica over the proverbial line” he said.
Skerrit said he intended to stay on for another two and a half years if but some of his colleagues have collectively agreed that the time for renewal of the team is NOW.
“We need a refreshed Dominica Labour Party team, for these very unpredictable, unprecedented, and very challenging times. Following the changes we made in 2019, there shall next time around be other changes, to ensure the continued renewal of our Labour Party frontline, and maintain our continued relevance and the achievement of the visionary goals that we have set for ourselves and our country,” he said
Saying, “the Dominica Labour Party must continue to be the beacon of hope. It must be the option for those who wish to see our country progress. The challenges that we face are Now…they are already upon us. We cannot take chances with the future of this country,” he said
This comes just over one month after Leader of the Opposition Lennox Linton resigned from his position.
The United Workers Party currently has an interim leader.